Job opportunity: Operations Manager, Operation Wallacea

Operation Wallacea a research expedition organisation is looking for an Operations Manager to assist with planning and implementing biodiversity field research programmes mainly in the Tropics.  The organisation works in 10 countries at 23 research sites and the field teams in 2011 consist of more than 150 researchers and 2400 students.  Research output is very high, both in terms of publications and contributions to conservation management plans to protect the study sites (see opwalltest.fin-deep.com).

Annual growth rate is around 30% so new research sites and academic partnerships are being established each year and an additional operations manager is required to work as part of a young team to complete the following tasks:

  • To advise groups of university students at seminars or on line webinars on the best research itineraries or dissertation topics to suit their interests
  • To liaise with academics wanting to develop research projects as part of the Opwall research programmes.
  • To take responsibility for organising permits, logistics, academic teams and co-ordinating outputs for the research expeditions to be run in at least one country
  • To help with training students in preparing for the field research experience
  • To ensure the quality of the training courses run each year to prepare the field teams to participate in the research are further improved.
  • To assist with upgrading the website and presentation materials.
  • To act as a country manager in one of the major research locations each summer and ensure the programme is running effectively and that the participating students participating

We are looking for a postdoc biologist who has practical field experience and for preference has participated in self organised expeditions or research projects. The post will start on 1 September 2011 but there will be a trial 2 month field period in the Cusuco cloud forests in Honduras from 8 June to 2 August.  Over the years our most successful recruitments have come from staff who have worked in the field at one of our sites. They gain a good understanding of the operations and we can see how they work under pressure. The task over this 2 month period would be to run a lecture course on Neotropical Forest Ecology to undergraduate students and all costs would be paid.  It would mean living in the cloud forests for 2 months as part of a large team of academics and working with some of the operations team.

From 1 September the post would be based at the Lincolnshire Wolds HQ of the company although the successful applicant would be required to travel extensively as part of their post (note must be a qualified driver with a clean licence).  The post has a competitive salary and excellent prospects for further promotion as the company expands.  Applications will be processed as they are received with a cut off date of 18 May 2011.

If you are interested in this post please email Dr Tim Coles with a copy of your cv and a short description of how you meet the above requirements.  Please add your Skype address so that we can contact you for interview.